Contra Costa health officials are reminding people to practice safe food handling in hopes that everyone will have a happy and healthy holiday. Every year, millions of Americans get sick from eating foods contaminated with dangerous viruses and bacteria that cause anything from nausea to hospitalization.
It is especially important to practice safe food handling techniques when preparing meals for the elderly, young children and pregnant women—all of whom are at greatest risk for food poisoning.
Health officials recommend the following this Holiday season:
A foodborne illness is a disease that can be caused by a germ (virus or bacteria) or a chemical that contaminates the food you eat. Some food-borne illnesses can take a week or longer for symptoms to surface. Cleanliness is the best defense against food poisoning.
For more tips on safe food handling, visit http://cchealth.org/topics/foodborne/